This is an authentic
1700's wrought iron fireplace helper found locally in Lancaster County,
Truly Rare, and incredibly early.
From a Pennsylvania collection of fine antique wrought iron fireplace
utensils. Early 'fireplace helpers' sometimes called skewer rests or
spit dogs were used in conjunction with andirons for cooking at open hearths
of Colonial American homes. They were single items with four legs and
had a cross bar with high raised sections at either end that had hooks and
holes. The fireplace helper was placed forward of the andirons, and
skewers were balanced between the two allowing for a more controlled temperature
Very early examples are exceedingly
rare and unusual to come across, folks often mistake them for being single
andirons and overlook them completely. One nearly identical in style
and size to the one we have for sale can be found in the Sorber collection
(see the book by Don Plummer 'COLONIAL WROUGHT IRON: THE SORBER COLLECTION'
page 10). We show the page from that book in one of our
This antique fireplace helper shows
expected wear overall from centuries of use at the fire but it is still all
good and strong and sturdy with no loose
Perfectly usable and a wonderful item
to add to your Colonial Era Fireplace Utensil Collection!
Size: 20" across - 6" deep -
14" high - Weight: 5-1/2 lbs.